Jharsuguda airport is likely to become operational for flights from October this year under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik).
The issue was discussed at a high level meeting between Chairman of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) Guru Prasad Mohapatra and Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat.
“Under the regional connectivity scheme, Jharsuguda will get connected towards October. We discussed parallel taxi track for Bhubaneswar airport and land requirement issues. The progress of Jeypore and Utkela airports which are being developed by the State Government under the regional connectivity scheme was also reviewed at the meeting,” Mohapatra said.
The UDAN scheme, which is being implemented in Odisha in joint collaboration between State and Central governments, would prioritise the unserved and underserved areas in the State.
Under the regional connectivity scheme, the average price of a subsidised ticket for these flights would be kept affordable for common people with the subsidy to be borne both by the Central and State Government on 80:20 ratio. An MoU was signed among Ministry of Civil Aviation, Odisha Government and AAI on March 1 to jointly implement the scheme.
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